Steve Sutton – Counselling Psychologist
Steve Sutton – Counselling Psychologist
LIFE Psychology & Counselling is located at Suite 30, Level 2, 20-22 Macquarie St. Parramatta CBD (opposite Fitness First) – a few minutes from Parramatta train station & bus depot. Free parking in Westfields (3 mins away).
Steve is a Registered Counselling Psychologist and a trained couple counsellor with over 20 yrs experience.
His current fee is $100 per hour session. Some availability for bulk-billing M-F daytime.
You can get back about half of this thru most Private Health Funds for 4-6 sessions.
There is a Medicare rebate via the Mental Health Care Plan ($84.80 per session for 10 sessions per calendar year). You have to see a GP first to assess you for current depression/anxiety/etc for you to be eligible. Please note you do not need to have a severe mental disorder to be eligible for this rebate – as you may be experiencing serious stress/anxiety/depression due to relationship/family/workplace problems.
Steve works Mon/ Wed/Thur 10-8 (evening appts 5:30 and 7) – and every second Sat afternoon.
Please give Steve a ring to discuss on 0414651765 (9am -9pm).
- Bachelor Science (Psychology Honours) Sydney Uni 1991.
- Master Arts (Counselling) Macquarie Uni 1997.
- Psychologist Registration 1997.
- Graduate Diploma equivalent: Marriage Counselling
- Relationships Australia (then Marriage Guidance NSW) 1991.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy. (in final stage of completion).
Steve has over 20 years wide experience as a counsellor and psychologist – and can draw on his learning & experience of many different therapeutic approaches to collaboratively ensure you receive the most appropriate to your personal needs.
He was initially largely trained (B.Sc. Psychology Honours) in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which helps clients understand how their thoughts & beliefs influence their behaviour and how to change these to improve their lives. He also had general training in many of the more psychotherapeutic approaches around at the time to give more therapeutic depth to his counselling. He followed this up with an M.A.(Counselling) in order to develop more extensive practical counselling skills.
During this time, he mostly worked in the Alcohol & Other Drugs field and with men with issues around anger management & domestic violence – working in prison, rehabs, community agencies, for Probation & Parole, etc – providing counselling and groupwork programs (which he often developed himself).
He then did training in Relationship & Family Therapy so he could help people understand how our childhood experiences in our family-of-origin influence how as adults we interact with others in our own relationships & family – and also to better understand how others are interacting with us. The aim of this is to improve mutual understanding and communication so we can have closer and more rewarding relationships.
Steve is also interested in psychological “attachment theory” – which helps us understand how our early childhood experiences are so important in how we develop general deep beliefs and feelings about how we love and relate to ourselves (self-compassion) and others (trust). Helping clients understand their own and others’ attachment history, and how this affects how we interrelate with others, can give us greater insight into how we may struggle to cope with stressful situations in life.
Following this training, Steve worked for NGO counselling agencies providing personal, relationship, family and workplace counselling for over 10 years. In this time, he had a clinical supervision role and was also Coordinator for a Men & Family Relationships Program – specialising in counselling & groupwork with anger management, domestic violence, separated fathers, etc. He was often told (by men & women) that he was good at working with men because he was experienced in working with women and equally understanding of their issues.
As a result of all this training & experience, Steve believes that effective counselling (short-term and specific problem resolution) and therapy ( more long-term and deeper issue resolution) require equal focus on a client’s emotional experience as well as the thinking and beliefs focus of more traditional CBT approaches. He has spent the last few years doing a Post–Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy – and this has helped ensure he is able to help clients more fully process the whole range of their behaviour, thoughts/beliefs and feelings – and thereby facilitate a more comprehensive and lasting change outcome for them.
He also has great interest in learning from the recent trends in psychology (Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Based CBT, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) to incorporate ideas from mindfulness and self-compassion to help clients to deal with “negative” thoughts and feelings by developing more awareness and understanding of their own personal ways of perceiving and reacting to situations – and learning how to step back and choose how to respond rather than just emotionally overreact.
Steve has worked all over Sydney for over 20 years and have extensive experience with people from many ethnic & cultural backgrounds – including Greek, Italian, Eastern European, Middle Eastern, South American, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, Sudanese, etc. He has now been in Private Practice in Parramatta for 3 years and sees a whole range of clients: from unemployed clients to EAP corporate referrals, from a wide range of ethnic & cultural backgrounds, and along a continuum of mental health from normal life problems (personal anxiety/depression, family/relationship problems, workplace stress, etc) – through to more serious clinical mental health disorders).
Steve has expertise in the following clinical services:
- Life/personal coaching & counselling
- Life transitions & adjustment issues
- Emotional coaching & counselling (managing emotional reactivity)
- Social-emotional skills training
- Self-esteem & assertiveness
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Anxiety & depression
- Grief & loss
- Disability/dementia carer support
- Adult survivors of abuse
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Alcohol & other drug issues
- Relationship counselling (individual &/or couple)
- Communication & conflict resolution
- Cross-cultural issues
- Intimacy & sexual issues
- Adjustment to parenting & post-natal depression
- Positive parenting skills
- Separation & divorce
- Post-separation parenting
- Domestic violence
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Work-related stress
- Workplace conflict, dispute & grievances
- Unemployment & retrenchment counselling
Registration Numbers and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychologist 1997
- AHPRA PSY0001072108
- Member Aust. Psychological Society 1999. 105070
- Member APS Counselling College
- Accredited WorkCover Provider